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6 Questions with Elizabeth Moore of B Carpet

B Carpet has been creating high-quality, custom-crafted carpet for the hospitality industry for 35 years. Last summer, the company introduced a new color manufacturing process that accommodates a larger color palette for the commercial carpet it designs. The result: B Carpet products are now more brilliant than ever.

A long-time partner to Zeftron that has been creating custom-made carpets with our premium nylon 6 fiber, we are pleased to feature B Carpet’s President Elizabeth Moore in this special blog article. Here, Moore talks about B Carpet’s new technology, how it works and how it sets B Carpet apart from other commercial carpet manufacturers.

Q: What is the name of this new technology?

A. We call it Octacia. The name is derived from the fact that it is an eight-color manufacturing process. Oct refers to eight, and “acia” means “yarn” or “thread” in Latin. When we say “8 plus”, we are referencing the fact that there are actually more than eight yarn colors when some of them are cut ends and some of them are loop pile.

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Photo courtesy of B Carpet

Q. How does it work?

A. Octacia works with our patented Tapistron computer yarn placement (CYP) technology to now accommodate a larger palette of eight colors. This is something no other CYP tufting machine in the world can do. Traditional CYP machines use six colors, and some machines are limited to cut pile only, which means there are no shades of the six colors to work with.

Q. What are the benefits of Octacia?

A. We are able to offer the most superior design detail and manufacturing precision in eight colors. The technology enables us to make various tuft densities and easily run between 100 and 200 tufts per square inch, which provides much more density than an Axminster carpet, for instance. Using the CYP process, we can create unique patterns with all cut pile, all loop pile, or cut and loop custom-designed and custom-colored products for a project using wool or solution-dyed nylon. Most designers feel that a cut and loop CYP give the richest and most elegant design capability of any tufted process other than hand tufted products. So, adding two more yarns to the palette enhances the options quite a bit.

 

Installation of B Carpet
Installation of B Carpet

Q. How does this new technology help B Carpet compete with Axminster products?

A. Woven Axminster products are cut pile only so they cannot be made in cut and loop hand-tufted looks. Also, most woven products come from overseas, and customers are increasingly requesting American made products. Among the American made choices for tufted designs, the Tapistron technology is a superior alternative to carpet made on Colorpoint and ColorTech machines because of the density and clarity that we can achieve.

Q. Are there any environmental benefits to the new technology?

A. Yes. Octacia technology is less resource-intensive than other competitive technologies. Compared to other tufted products, Octacia technology puts far less waste yarn on the back of the carpet and requires less latex to be used to secure the yarn. It’s a more earth-friendly option than wool Axminster products that contain skein dyed yarn, which produces effluent waste from the dye process. Also, those Axminster products are shipped over long distances, usually from Asia, compared to Octacia products made here in the United States.

Photo courtesy of B Carpet
Photo courtesy of B Carpet

Q. What does this new technology mean for designers?

A. With Octacia, more design ideas can be transformed into beautiful carpets, made in a process that respects the beauty of the environment.

For more information about B Carpet, please visit http://www.bcarpet.com

Photo courtesy of B Carpet
Photo courtesy of B Carpet

 

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Tips for Understanding How Color Impacts the Life of a Carpet

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By Tim Blount

When choosing carpet for a project, most often color leads the selection process. For reasons of style, brilliance and clarity, color seems to be at the top of every architect and designer’s list. Our 2013 Zeftron® nylon Color Survey supports that power of color. Currently underway, the survey asks architects and designers to select the colors Zeftron nylon might want to consider adding to its color palette. The survey also asks participants to tell us, among other things, what they feel is most important when it comes to material selection and what they could use to better satisfy customer requests.

While responses are still coming in, as of today we have some interesting feedback to the question “What is the most important factor in material selection?” Color and maintainability are coming in as the top two answers. Interestingly, these have more to do with one another than you might think.

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There are several things to consider when selecting a color and how the choice will impact the maintenance and useful life of that carpet. Two of the most important are:

  • Understand the facility. Is it a high-traffic area like an airport? If so, you’ll need to choose a carpet coloration that is designed for areas that are heavily traveled and subject to a variety of spilled substances. Is it a university classroom, where students are mostly stationary but there is a higher risk of beverage spills? A carpet properly constructed to withstand the rigors of the intended end use area is essential. Multicolor shades combined with the use of patterns will better help to mask spills and other stains.

  • Understand traffic. A carpet in an office conference room or minimal use area will greatly differ in terms of foot traffic, so choosing a color that meets the traffic needs of the location will help extend the life of the carpet, in addition to making it more aesthetically appealing. For example, a bank lobby will be a heavily trafficked area, so choose a carpet color that will help to mask the type of soil that will be tracked in. Will it be a typical brown dark soil, reddish in color or some other color?

Consider the entire building. Is there a walk-off area with frequently cleaned mats before the user reaches the project’s carpet, or is the user walking directly on to the carpet from the street?  The more soil that’s removed before reaching the carpet, the easier and more cost-effective it will be to maintain the carpet.

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Additional tips will be shared in our next blog post, and I’ll also detail some maintenance best practices. For now, remember that choosing the right color will absolutely impact the useful life of the carpet.

In design, color is king. But it’s not just about aesthetics. Let color extend the life and performance of your carpet, too.

Let us know what you think. Are these tips helpful?


Tim Blount is the Zeftron Nylon Business Leader.  Reach him at timothy.blount@shawinc.com.